by Patricia Forrest
The business world is harsh and competitive even as it is, let alone for a mom with her own original entrepreneurial dreams, not to mention the lifelong intricacies of motherhood which is as rewarding as it is challenging.
However, moms have successfully found their place in the business realm, and if you have your hands full with your little nestlings and still wish to build a fruitful professional career, here are a few tried and tested strategies in order to achieve your aspirations.
- Don’t be Afraid to Delegate
As a mom, you most likely want to take part in every aspect of your children’s growing up – you know where they left their lunch box, what they need for their art project, and when you need to go to the parent-teacher meeting.
Whether you share these duties with your partner, parent, best friend or a professional nanny, you should keep in mind that in order for both of your roles to thrive, you need to delegate some of the less important tasks.
That will provide you with enough time to handle your essential challenges of starting your own business and spending quality time with your little ones.
Many of your daily decisions and the abovementioned delegating will depend on how important certain assignments and duties are and whether or not they need to be done by you. Moms usually strive for an unreasonable level of perfectionism even in the tiniest of chores, but once you decide to build a company on your own, certain things need to go.
Make a list of your most important responsibilities in all aspects of your life, note down a rough schedule and expected time you will need for them, and cut everything else out. Focus on the big picture, take charge of the most crucial tasks and allow yourself a learning curve – mistakes are an inevitable part of the process.
- Master the Art of Meal Prepping
Storing containers, fruits, veggies and meat at the ready? Use your Sunday morning or afternoon to plan your weekly meals ahead. You can even create two or more different food schedules and rotate them every week. Organize your grocery shopping when it’s most convenient and always keep a list with the must-have items, and then take a few hours to wash, chop, mix, cook and pack some or all of your dishes.
Once you get used to this new meal prepping routine, you will always have a healthy meal ready in a few minutes, and you’ll save hours on a daily basis for more meaningful tasks. This will improve your relationship with your kids and give you more energy for your work!
- Think in Milestones
Every mom’s life is filled with dozens of small as well as extensive chores and errands each day, but multitasking while cooking a few meals and arranging your weekly outfits is one thing, and coping with numerous distractions during your work time is completely another.
Make sure to steer clear of digital and other distractions while you work, and focus on major decisions and events to guide you through the day. Although success is a fickle, loosely defined term, step-by-step achievements allow you to measure your progress, stay motivated and adapt your business strategy as you move along.
- Let your Kids Participate
Depending on your kids’ age, if they are old enough to go to school, they are probably intrigued by your job. This is an excellent opportunity to mix and match your work skills and spend time with your kids, making you the ultimate mompreneur!
If there are simple tasks your children can handle independently, such as organizing your business cards, document folders, help you with color coding, you can let them take part in the process, which will make them feel included, and you will do everything you need while spending time with your little rascals.
- Stay Healthy
Sleep deprivation, poor nutrition, and a sedentary lifestyle or being slouched over a computer can wreak havoc on your long-term wellbeing and your immune system. As a mom and a business woman, you need to stay on track with your healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, rest, and proper nutrition.
Treat your healthy choices as seriously as you did your education and your business meetings – make them a regular part of your weekly schedule and perceive them as one of your essential priorities. You will set a perfect example for your kids, and you will stay strong both physically and mentally to handle all the challenges of being a working parent.
- Reward yourself
Working constantly and being a mom can leave you feeling perpetually exhausted, which can then affect your energy levels, but even more importantly, your drive and your motivation. That’s why you shouldn’t forget about keeping the journey fun and rewarding for yourself as much as you try to do the same for your family.
Treat yourself to a few chapters of your favorite book, some crazy dancing around the house to your favorite tunes, a pampering session at the spa, or a weekend getaway with your spouse.
When you replenish your energy and maintain a positive mindset with a constant source of inspiration, you will always have something other than daily responsibilities to look forward to, and you will stay excited about all aspects of your life.
Patricia Forrest is passionate about numbers. She has an accounting degree and has made its way in the business world being now part of the Corporation USA where its passion lives daily.